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is the newly appointed President and CEO of WiLAN. Prior to his appointment, Keaton was the Chief IP Officer of Lumileds, where he built a global IP team and infrastructure and led the successful separation of Lumileds IP functions and assets from its parent Royal Philips. Keaton also held various senior legal and business roles with SanDisk Corporation, Rovi Corporation, and Tessera Technologies. While in private practice, Keaton was a partner at the international law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery where he focused his practice on IP litigation. He began his career as a patent attorney at the NY office of Stroock Stroock & Lavan and the Silicon Valley office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Keaton holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, a B.S. in Engineering, and M.S. in Electrical Engineering, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Recently, the Inventor Protection Act, H.R.6557, was introduced to Congress. It’s a very well intentioned piece of proposed legislation. However, it may actually do more harm than good to efforts to strengthen patent rights in the aftermath of the AIA. We need to fix what is wrong with the patent system for everyone, not merely carve out exceptions for a few. Is H.R.6557 a step in the right direction, gaining momentum for stronger patent property rights for everyone, or will it harm the ability to reach that goal? We think the answer is clear that H.R. 6557 as written doesn’t do what the patent laws were intended to do.